We’re using UCSF Profiles data to explore whether co-authorship networks are a good way to show the connections between researchers at UCSF.
We can start off by looking at immediate co-authorship connections. I was surprised at how few current UCSF co-authors most users have. The flip side of co-authoring widely outside of one’s institution is that there are fewer internal co-authors:
The numbers jump when you go one degree further out, though the relative proportions are similar:
The numbers grow further when we count first, second, and third degree coauthors.
My big takeaways are unsurprising:
- The number of UCSF co-authorships generally grow with seniority — which may correlate with both the length of one’s career, as well as one’s tenure at UCSF
- Even in the case of professors’ 1st-3rd degree, connections, we’re maxing out at 180 people, out of about 6,500 people in UCSF Profiles. This number may correlate to the size of one’s department/field at UCSF.
- If we showed logged-in UCSF Profiles users a visualization showing “here’s how you know this person” when looking at another random user’s profile, it would kick in pretty infrequently — thought that might be different for folks in the same field/department